Crossing calls on ‘death trap’ road

Andy Sinclair on the A49 near Croft Park, where he is calling for traffic calming measures at the point where a footpath meets it and is used by schoolchildren to get to school

Andy Sinclair on the A49 near Croft Park, where he is calling for traffic calming measures at the point where a footpath meets it and is used by schoolchildren to get to school

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Calls have been made to introduce traffic calming measures on a stretch of road regularly used by schoolchildren.

Andy Sinclair, 44, who lives on Mendip Road, Clayton-le-Woods, fears if something is not done, a tragedy could occur on the A49 Wigan Road.

Andy says the mangled wreck of railings on the stretch of road opposite the Croft Park caravan park is evidence that the 40mph speed limit is too high.

Andy said: “I regularly walk along the footpath that runs parallel to Bryning Brook to use the cash machine at the petrol station.

“I see kids, of both primary and secondary school age, struggling to cross this very busy road.

“They have no assistance in the form of either a lollipop person or a zebra crossing and traffic was zooming down at them in both directions, much of it in excess of the speed limit, 40mph just seems too high.

“You’ve got cars in both direction travelling downwards and building up speed.

“Something needs to be done before someone is killed.”

Andy says that after witnessing schoolchildren attempt to cross the road he went back the next day to see the railings at the side of the road were damaged.

He said: “When I saw that my fears seemed to be confirmed. A vehicle had obviously collided with the pedestrian railing there.

“The railing was a crumpled heap of metal, with debris from the vehicle scattered all over the pavement.”

Andy says he would like the 40mph speed limit reduced to 30mph, as well as proper drainage in place on the road and a pelican crossing installed linking the Contour housing estate with Croft Park.

He said: “Something needs to be done to make this danger spot safe for pedestrians, especially for the numerous kids for whom it is their daily route to school.

“Perhaps if something is done then a tragedy can be avoided.”

Lancashire County Council was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Guardian.